iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia, finally! The much-awaited new iPhone 12 series is Apple’s widest range release EVER. Here is a complete guide put forth by us for all the Saudi Arabia citizens and residents after careful research of 80+ hours. With a total of 4 new iPhone models which include the regular iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Our main focus in this guide will be on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Are you ready to dive into the iPhone 12 series? Yes? Scroll for an amazing experience and a whole lot of information as the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia.
Here we have the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 listed with their features, specifications, functionalities, technologies and price. Take a deep breath and proceed to this exciting journey as the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia.
- Ceramic Shield: The ceramic shield of the iPhone 12 Pro delivers a drop performance that is 4 times better.
- Camera System: iPhone 12 Pro camera system takes low-light photography to the next level.
- Say Hello to 5G: Without experiencing any lag, you can now download large files on the go. Additionally, you can also stream high-quality HDR movies. Indeed, 5G transforms the iPhone 12 Pro with better performance and accelerated wireless speeds on congested networks.
- A14 Bionic: As a matter of fact, A14 Bionic is the 1st “5-nanometer” chip in the industry. It contains advanced components which are literally atoms wide. While increasing and improving the efficiency for great battery life, forty per cent more transistors revolutionize the speeds. Moreover, a new ISP powers Dolby Vision recording.
- LiDaR Technology: Well, it is the LiDAR technology that NASA is making use of for its next Mars landing. Thus, besides scanning the surface of Mars, this technology can also scan your living room, bedroom and more now. Since the iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with the LiDAR scanner, it has the ability to measure how much time it takes for the light to reflect back from the objects.
- Ultra-Fast and Accurate: The LiDAR technology creates a depth map of whichever space you are in. Due to the fact that it is accurate and ultrafast, the AR apps are capable of transforming a room into a realistic rainforest. And it can also show you how a new sneaker will fit.
- Professional Camera System: It is a new day for the Night mode due to the iPhone 12 Pro that maxes out the Pro camera system. A 47% larger sensor and larger pixels increases the amount of light thrown on the wide camera.
- Turbo Chargeable: For rapid wireless charging, every single time the magnets align themselves perfectly.
- Steady Shots: So that your shots are steady, it includes a new OIS that stabilizes the sensor instead of the lens.
- Telephoto Camera: When it comes to portraits, the new 65 mm Telephoto camera enables you to zoom in tighter.
- Super Retina XDR Display: Featuring a new design with flat edges and flexible custom OLED that enables you to push the screen’s amazing colour, contrast and brightness to the very edge. The Super Retina XDR Display also makes your brightest display even better.
- Apple ProRAW: The Apple ProRAW offers an absurd amount of creative control. In addition to the Apple image pipeline data, ProRAW provides you with all the standard RAW information. This also gives you a head start on editing. That too with noise reduction and multi-frame exposure adjustments already placed. You also have more time to tweak colour and white balance.
- Price: Grab the Apple iPhone 12 Pro for an estimated cost of SAR 6,000.
- Broadest 5G Coverage on iPhone 12: 5G is superfast on iPhone 12 which is why it has the broadest 5G coverage worldwide. Through 5G, you can also update apps, stream high-quality videos, update the iOS software, download movies on the fly and a lot more on iPhone 12.
- Night Mode: Without any hassle, you can click clear selfies on your iPhone 12 that too when it is dark. A big thanks to the night mode. Besides the night mode, the front camera is equipped with features that excel in capturing great low light photographs. Incredible! Some of these features are Dolby Vision recording, Smart HDR 3, and Deep Fusion.
- A14 Bionic: Believe it or not, but the A14 is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone. And we are glad to say that the iPhone 12 is equipped with this. Thanks to the A14 Bionic, it enables the all-new Apple iPhone 12 to perform tasks which even professional movie cameras can’t do.
- Super Retina XDR (OLED) Display: The Super Retina XDR (OLED) display comes with a drastic change in pixel density. XDR stands for Extreme Dynamic Range. It not only features an incredible colour accuracy but is also more contrast. And it utilizes the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. It is a 6.1-inch diagonal all-screen OLED display.
- Turbo Chargeable: In order to offer you a faster wireless charging every single time, the magnets align themselves in the perfect manner.
- Price: Like the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia, you can purchase it for a price of around SAR 4,100.
Apple iPhone 12 is Beyond Fast
Watch this space to see how and why the Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are leading and top the list.
iPhone 12 – Geekbench 5 Test
The table below presents the Geekbench5 test results of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro vs the popular Android phones that are available in the market.
|iPhone 12 Pro
|iPhone 11 Pro Max
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
|Asus ROG Phone 3
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
|Google Pixel 5
iPhone 12 – 3DMark Wild Life test
The purpose of this test is to simulate the gaming performance of the below-listed smartphones. Through this 3DMark Wild Life test results, you will notice that things worsen for the Android competition. Geekbench 5 is more of a general performance test whereas the 3DMark Wild Life test is a graphics-focused benchmark.
|3DMark Wild Life Score
|3DMark Wild Life FPS
|iPhone 11 Pro Max
|iPhone 12 Pro
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
|Google Pixel 5
Enjoy 5G Network in Saudi Arabia on your iPhone 12
As we know, 5G is the 5th generation of mobile communications technology. It not only implies faster speed and faster connections but also more capacity and lower latency. Moreover, 5G enables people to do more and also improve things. Further, 5G opens doors for new applications like augmented reality, virtual reality, autonomous driving and a lot more. As the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia let’s see what it has in store for us with regards to 5G coverage.
5G Network – Benefits
- Low Latency: The time taken between a command and its expected action is called as latency. High latency causes a delay in video calls and even affects your online gaming experience. 5G network enormously broadens user experience possibilities. That too with very low latency.
- Speed: Talking about the speed, 5G networks are creatively designed for carrying data, that too up to 10 times faster compared to 4G networks.
- Capacity: Without affecting the customers’ experience, this superior capacity of 5G enables various devices to connect simultaneously to a single cell site.
So, why 5G Coverage from Zain?
5G coverage from Zain allows new breathtaking experiences that reshape life and also the method in which human beings perceive things. Further, Zain provides the most advanced technology and most extensive/comprehensive coverage in Saudi Arabia in order to benefit from the revolutionary 5G. Moreover, Zain offers the most competitive 5G plans in KSA. The best value for money, ABSOLUTELY! Since iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia and is 5G enabled, below is a table put forth by us of the current 5G locations in Saudi Arabia to which Zain has rolled out 5G coverage, thus ensuring wide coverage.
|Wadi Al Dawasir
|Hawtat Bani Tamim
|Hafar Al Batin
LiDAR Technology in iPhone 12 Pro – Welcome AR Revolution
Apple says that the iPhone 12 possesses a secret weapon. And this secret weapon is none other than the LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner. Although it functions in a similar way as that of radar, it utilizes lasers to judge depth and distances. Thus, making it a little different from radar. This is marvellous news for augmented reality (AR). And great news for photography as well but to a lesser extent. As the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia, you’re all set to welcome the AR revolution.
LiDAR is not something that is totally new. Its concept is been around since the 1960s. So what exactly is LiDAR? LiDAR is a technology that involves a scanner which enables you to scan and map your environment by firing out laser beams. And how does it do this? It does this by firing out laser beams and it times the duration of how quickly these laser beams return. Initially, LiDAR functioned as a military tool on planes. Yes, the LiDAR technology began functioning this way and later it was known as the system which allowed the Apollo 15 mission to map the surface of the moon. Today, LiDAR is seen on self-driving cars as well as robot vacuums. The LiDAR sensor is beneficial in these cases since it helps in detecting objects like pedestrians and cyclists.
Note that past few years and even today, the possibilities with LiDAR have expanded to a great extent. LiDAR becomes a feasible addition to smartphones and tablets that are already equipped with powerful processors and GPS. This is because the systems have become smaller, cheaper and more accurate. The newer LiDAR systems are solid-state affairs that don’t include any moving parts. Instead, these systems include the 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensors which are seen on many smartphones. However, the LiDAR scanner is different from the time-of-flight (ToF) sensors. And we will see this on the iPhone 12.
Apple’s LiDAR Scanner – What is the Difference?
Nowadays, most of the Android phones are equipped with the time-of-flight (ToF) sensors. These ToF sensors not only mimic the bokeh effects of larger cameras but also sense scene depth. Keeping these things aside, the best thing that you need to read about the LiDAR system is that it has gone beyond all this and you will see it in the iPhone 12 Pro. Now you are curious enough to know what it is. Well, the LiDAR system is equipped with a LiDAR scanner. Unlike the smartphones available so far as they possess scanerless systems. Just to keep you well informed, ToF sensors utilize a single pulse of infrared light in order to create 3D maps.
On the other hand, the LiDAR scanning system, over a short period of time, fires laser pulses continuously at different scenarios. Along with this, the LiDAR system offers two main benefits. One of the benefits being better “object occlusion” and the other benefit is improved range of up to five meters. An example of this would be the appearance of the virtual objects disappearing behind the real objects like trees. And of course, this entire process is speedy or rapid. However, to get this speed you need the latest smartphone processors which the iPhone 12 is built with. Also, there is enough space for improvement with respect to the scanner. Additionally, the A14 Bionic processor offers great support to the LiDAR scanner.
What All Can you Do With the iPhone 12?
Let’s see what the LiDAR scanner contributes to on the iPhone 12 and what all it can do. As the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia, you need to be well informed of what it is capable of. For average people, the LiDAR sensor can perform two kinds of things. These include AR gaming and AR shopping which are the main things. Well, Apple has done a great job by previewing some “LiDAR” specific applications among which Hot Lava is one of the most interesting games. This game is a first-person adventure for iOS and PC. In order to bring into your room its molten rivers, the Hot Lava game draws on Apple’s LiDAR sensor. But in the end, LiDAR’s arrival on the iPhone 12 Pro massively increases the number of apps to utilize this technology. All this is a form of a game-changer for the iPhone’s camera.
Wait, this doesn’t end here. That is because we need to cover the non-gaming situations for the LiDAR sensor. Right now the best thing is about interior design. There is an app known as the “IKEA Place” that permits you to move the virtual furniture in your living room. Further, in the iPhone 12 Pro, there is an improvement in the AR placement and occlusion which adds to their benefits. Besides these facts, this technology is also extremely beneficial for CAD designers and healthcare professionals. Lastly, through the LiDAR sensor, the app developers can invent and develop new creative forms. These are way beyond traditional photography and videos.
Ceramic Shield: Protection from Drop Breakage for the iPhone 12
And here are the drop test results of the iPhone 12. The Apple iPhone 12 is covered with a brand new type of glass which is none other than the ceramic shield. Believe it or not, but the ceramic shield is as tough as it sounds. Yes, it is the toughest glass ever on any smartphone that was available. Since iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia, a test was conducted wherein the iPhone 12 was dropped and scraped to prove the extent to which the ceramic shield can handle this destruction. In other words to confirm how much it can handle. As a matter of fact, the test results proved that the ceramic shield can handle a lot more than a 6-foot drop. Even though it looks and feels exactly like glass, the fact is that it is not any ordinary glass.
Also, the ceramic shield utilized to cover the glass of the iPhone 12 is a combination of glass and ceramic. Thus, it is harder than most of the metals. Furthermore, the ceramic shield is a brand new cover material for the iPhone 12. Never was any material so good as the ceramic shield found earlier on testing. Note that the new ceramic shield is amazingly durable. And this was proved after experimenting on two iPhone 12s with the help of a few scratch and drop tests. However, you need to know that the ceramic shield covers only the screen i.e the front side of the iPhone 12. The back of the iPhone 12 has the same glass as the iPhone 11. But the glass used on the front of the iPhone 12 is the strongest. Just to keep you well informed, both the types of glass are made by Corning.
iPhone 12 Design
Besides the glass of the iPhone 12, its design also plays a major role to what extent the iPhone 12 can hold up to drops. In other words, it is a factor that determines how much or how well the iPhone 12 holds up to drops. All the previous iPhone models were curved up which in turn would leave more of the glass exposed. However, the glass on the iPhone 12 is on the same level as the metal frame. Apple has made a statement that the iPhone 12 design itself will make both the front and the back of this smartphone twice as durable as the previous models. All the four models of the iPhone 12, namely iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Max, and the iPhone 12 Pro have the same ceramic shield on the screen and also the same type of glass on the back.
When it comes to the material, the only difference spotted is in the frame. Both, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max possess a stainless steel frame. On the contrary, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini possess an aluminium frame. It may so happen that the frame’s performance varies depending upon the material. But this won’t affect the performance of the glass in any way. Hence, the glass offers the same protection applying to all (all-inclusive). The test results are evidence that the iPhone 12 is remarkably tough to crack and scratch even on tile and sidewalk.
However, the screen (front side) of the iPhone 12 features a better drop resistance superpower in comparison to the back. For those individuals who fear dropping and damaging their iPhone, Apple suggests purchasing a case for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Also, with regards to durability, it is the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro that represent the biggest change. And it is proved after undergoing rigorous real-world testing. Such a drastic change in durability has never occurred in the previous iPhone models.
Performance of the iPhone 12 Camera
Drastic changes or the most crucial changes are neither in the sensors or the lenses of the iPhone 12 camera. Yes, there is absolutely no change in these. The change is made in the main wide-angle camera. To permit slightly more light, the main wide-angle camera goes from an aperture of f/1.8 to f/1.6. And differences that are bigger than these are in the software and also from unlocking new capabilities. And not to forget, all thanks to the contribution of the A14 Bionic processor. Besides its responsibility towards the functionality of the iPhone, it also runs everything. Now let us discuss the camera performance of each of the four iPhone 12 models after a detailed comparison.
The regular iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini possess the same camera system. On the contrary, the iPhone 12 Pro possesses the LiDAR sensor which improvises low light focusing and depth calculations. Additionally, it also comprises telephoto and a few more encoding options for photos and videos. Well, it is a fact that the iPhone 12 Pro is bigger and better with regards to upgrade. And this is due to its larger main camera sensor and improved image stabilization. Moreover, the iPhone 12 provides you with the excellent video quality. For all the cameras on the iPhone 12 (including front selfie camera), the A14 Bionic has unlocked the night mode.
How does the A14 Bionic Contribute to the Camera Performance
Furthermore, the A14 Bionic has also unlocked the night portrait mode. This doesn’t end here as Apple has also created certain tweaks to its system. Why? you ask. Well, this is to combine multiple frames into a single image. This process is referred to as Smart HDR 3. Besides all the reasons, this system also performs better in tweaking photos. Not only does it recognize objects like clouds, faces, sky, trees and more but it also optimizes their appearance. In addition to this is a new setting referred to as “Scene Detection”, just in case you desire to toggle it. In general, the Apple iPhone 12 performs better in regular lighting conditions on fine detail.
When you begin clicking photos on the iPhone 12, you will notice that there are no over brightening shadows on faces. Yes, Apple has finally taken a step back from this. Also, there’s no need to trigger the night mode and the pictures that are clicked on iPhone 12 are more detailed. This indicates that it doesn’t find the need to drop into night mode unlike the iPhone 11 and even if it needs to, then this occurs very less often. What more? A big big thank you to the faster lens in the Apple iPhone 12. When it switches to the night mode, it provides you with brighter shots that are clearer. One of the major new features includes night mode portraits. Lastly, the iPhone 12 excels in the “glasses test” due to the fact that they never get blurred. NEVER, not even accidentally.
MagSafe – Wireless Charging
Basically, MagSafe is known worldwide for providing faster wireless charging by offering easy attachment. It is a new ecosystem of accessories. Everything just clicks with MagSafe. Be grateful to the endless combinations as it offers a mix to match any style. Also, wireless charging is a snap due to MagSafe chargers. Do you want to know how? Okay, MagSafe chargers make this possible through the magnets which are perfectly aligned. Ensure you attach these to the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. By doing this, the MagSafe charger offers faster wireless charging up to 15W.
Furthermore, the MagSafe charger is compatible with Qi charging and also continues maintaining it. Hence, it can also be used to wirelessly charge an iPhone 8. And through a wireless charging case, it can also charge Airpods models the way you would do with any Qi-certified charger. Keep in mind that the magnetic alignment applies only to iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models.
Super Retina XDR Display
The Super Retina XDR Display utilizes OLED technology. XDR stands for Extreme Dynamic Range and OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. With regards to Apple, iPhone 12 is the first generation which includes OLED in every model. Apple iPhone 12 comes with a 6.1″ Super Retina XDR Display. In other words, through Apple’s Super Retina XDR technology, it features a 6.1″ OLED display. Along with true blacks and better HDR, this also has a 2 million-to-1 contrast ratio.
This OLED display is capable of displaying up to 1200 nits of HDR content and comes in at 460ppi. Furthermore, it features and provides remarkable colour accuracy. It also includes a big change in pixel density and is more contrast. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max feature the best display. You have never come across it so far. This is because OLED delivers brighter brights, a higher resolution and darker blacks.
There are few who surf the internet constantly for 10-11 hours without a break. Do you want to know another great feature of the iPhone 12? Well, it is the Smart Data mode that automatically switches to 4G when you’re not surfing the web. Isn’t this great? It is greater than you think since it helps in saving battery life. However, this feature works only in certain situations. One of the main situations includes turning off the screen and streaming music. In cases where it doesn’t switch automatically to 4G, you can do it manually without any hassle which in turn will save battery. The battery life of iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is a bummer over 5G network at least in cases when you’re surfing the web.
As a matter of fact, the regular iPhone 12 lasted for only 8 hours and 25 minutes over AT&T’s 5G network. And once you switch the iPhone 12 to 4G, it lasts for a total of 10 hours and 23 minutes. Further, the iPhone 12 Pro did a little better compared to the iPhone 12. It endured for 9 hours and 6 minutes over T-Mobile’s 5G network. And when you switch the iPhone 12 Pro to 4G, the runtime jumped to 11 hours and 24 minutes.
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini & iPhone 12 Pro Max (Versions Explained)
Firstly, as the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia, ask yourself which iPhone 12 model do you desire. If you are confused which version to purchase or confused about the right one. Then, here is a section that we have penned down explaining the latest iPhone 12 models after careful research. These models include iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini. This detailed explanation along with the differences will clear all your confusion and also keep you well informed.
Every iPhone 12 model is equipped with the Super Retina XDR (OLED) display. Also, Apple has bumped up the resolution of all the non-Pro iPhone models i.e the regular iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini. Moreover, all the iPhone 12 models (versions) are equipped with the Face ID, powerful A14 Bionic processor, and Ceramic Shield glass. These, in turn, protect the display, the same level of IP68 water resistance and the compatibility with the new MagSafe accessory system. Furthermore, the 5G network/connectivity makes a big selling point of these new iPhone models. The newest lineup of Apple iPhones is as follows:
1. iPhone 12
Firstly, the screen size of the iPhone 12 is 6.1” (same as the iPhone 12 Pro). Moreover, it also features the same resolution as the iPhone 12 Pro. Besides this, the OLED panel ensures you obtain deeper blacks and more vibrant colours that are extremely cool in comparison to the LCD on the iPhone 11. The next important thing is the ultra-wide camera being the main one that works with Apple’s Night Mode. As discussed above, the Night Mode is an essential and worthy feature due to its capability of brightening up “low light” images. Furthermore, it also allows you to shoot in 4K HDR at 30 frames per second. Therefore, providing a broader range of colours to your videos. Last but not the least, the battery of the iPhone 12 will last the whole day by keeping a few factors in mind.
2. iPhone 12 Pro
There are some attractive features which the iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with. These features make clicking various photos and capturing numerous videos extremely ideal. The iPhone 12 Pro is also an ideal option for all those who are not comfortable while using large and big-screen phones like the iPhone 12 Pro Max. With that covered, let us now proceed to the enticing features. Firstly, the iPhone 12 Pro offers additional 2X optical zoom camera. This, in turn, provides you with more versatility in your photography. Next comes one of the most important and beneficial features known as the LiDAR scanner which the iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with. Besides enabling Night mode portraits, the LiDAR scanner also speeds up autofocussing in low light.
Apple’s ProRAW format contains the required support. Thus, allowing you to click pictures in a RAW format while utilizing Apple’s computational photography. Further, Apple iPhone 12 Pro is best at HDR video recording that too up to 60 frames per second. Unlike 64GB on the other two models, the iPhone 12 Pro comes with default storage of 128 GB. Another plus point is that it is made of stainless steel unlike the other iPhone models that are made of aluminium. Lastly, there is no difference in battery life as it is almost the same as the regular iPhone 12. It lasts the entire day thus making it convenient for you on the go.
3. iPhone 12 Pro Max
Now, if you are in need of the best system and camera performance to click photos and capture videos then get yourself the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Besides featuring a larger 6.7″ screen, it also has a better battery capacity and improved performance. Nevertheless, most of the specifications of the iPhone 12 Pro Max are the same as the iPhone 12 Pro. Additionally, the main camera’s image sensor is 47% bigger thereby making the iPhone 12 Pro Max one step bigger. Not to forget that this image sensor offers an 87% improvement in low light and Apple itself has stated this.
Furthermore, the iPhone 12 Pro Max provides you with better-stabilized videos as it makes use of Apple’s new sensor-shift stabilization technology. Another thing to consider is the telephoto zoom camera which is different from the other iPhone models. Thus, making it suitable for shutterbugs and phone lovers. The telephoto zoom camera helps you in getting closer to your object with 2.5X optical zoom that it offers you.
4. iPhone 12 Mini
The iPhone 12 Mini is the right option for you if you dislike big screen and large size phones. The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4″ display. Although it is larger than the iPhone SE (launched earlier this year), it is shorter and also less wide in comparison to the iPhone SE as well as the models before Apple iPhone 6. With that being said, you should know that each and every feature of the iPhone 12 is stuffed into the iPhone 12 Mini. The only question mark is the iPhone 12 Mini’s battery life. This is because it has the shortest battery life compared to the other iPhone 12 models.
It is the last month of the year. Hence, before 2022 ends, consider purchasing the iPhone 12 Pro or the iPhone 12 for yourself or your family members to make it a little special since the iPhone 12 launches in Saudi Arabia. Purchase one that fits your requirements and within your budget. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everybody in Saudi Arabia and the whole world. But, the iPhone 12 can bring a smile upon the faces of your loved ones. Make it memorable. So, before you say goodbye to 2022, grab the iPhone 12 series. In order to charge your iPhone 12 and all your other gadgets on the go, consider purchasing the best power bank Saudi Arabia.